I have read many Fantasy stories. Epics really, like ones written by George R. R. Martin, Terry Goodkind and N.K. Jemisin. I love Fantasy and always will but sometimes the long story lines can become complex and heavy. Politics, revenge, long chapters based on secondary characters and subtle back stories can distract from the main idea of the story. Good versus evil.
In Legacies of Talimura: War of the Witch, Angel Haze has given her audience a chance to focus on good versus evil and the heroes that are born from the fight.
Here is the book Summary: Debonair, a witch from the Unspoken Lands, has meddled in the forbidden practice of magic and created an army of nightmarish proportions. When sixteen-year-old Astanyx and his two best friends return from a hunting trip to find their small town of Polca reduced to smoke and ash, they find themselves thrust into a battle for which they haven’t been trained.
With the help of his comrades, including an esteemed warrior, one of the last great wizards and a princess they’ve sworn to protect, Astanyx must fight to unite the kingdoms of the humans, dwarves and elves. He must ask forbidden questions that no one wants to answer, questions about Talimura’s dark history. As Debonair’s brutal warriors lay siege to the kingdoms, Astanyx is driven to pursue a fateful quest for a blade powerful enough to defeat the malevolent witch before she destroys the three kingdoms and unleashes an unspeakable ancient evil.
There are many reasons I enjoyed this book so much. The characters were fantastic from the endearing Astanyx to the evil Debonair. Every character was well thought out with entertaining personalities and motives of their own. The World-building aspects were very good and surprising for a new author. The plot was not so cumbersome as to overwhelm the reader. I truly enjoyed losing myself in the story. Orcs, Dragons, Elves, Dwarves, Birdmen and more, this story has so much Win!
Writing Fantasy is not for the faint of heart. As a first time Fantasy writer, Angel Haze is a strong new voice and a refreshing addition to the genre!